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Photos of The Artisans Cup

We've been waiting for a long time for this. At last, the Portland Art Museum opened its doors to the Artisans Cup. And what a show it is... Bonsai Empire presents a sneak-preview to the exhibition. Here goes!

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Automated Bonsai Watering

Every Bonsai enthusiast knows the problem that there are times when he can't be at home and therefore can't water his Bonsai trees himself. During the summer heat even long work days can be critical when the trees need to be watered frequently.

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Bonsai in Salzburg 2015

Bonsai, Kusamono and Suiseki artists and lovers, came together from all over Europe to the "Old Salt" on Perner Island as part of the Festival of Bonsai. Kusamono (and Suiseki) organized by the Bonsai Club Salzburg. Titled, The International Bonsai and Kusamono festes. Some wonderful and beautifully artistic Bonsai were in the exhibition.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print depicting a wave in front of Mount Fuji, by the Japanese artist Hokusai. This image is one of the most famous prints of Japan, and we were amazed by a Bonsai tree that looks remarkably similar.

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Portland Bonsai village

The most famous and popular Bonsai destination in Japan is, without doubt, the Omiya Bonsai village. The village is actually a suburb of Tokyo, where five well known nurseries are located close to each other.

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US National bonsai: Goshin

Truth is, this tree really needs no introduction, especially not from the likes of someone such as myself.

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Bonsai courses

Tony Tickle’s event for 2015

The United Kingdom has always had its place on the European Bonsai stage. We all know artists including Craig Coussins, Peter Adams, Graham Potter, Dan Barton, etc. Also in the main European shows many trees from UK artists can be seen. But… There’s no large Bonsai event in the UK.

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Miniature Bonsai Gardens

Emre Ozberk had a fascination for Bonsai trees. But at some point, he started to focus not on the tree, but on the empty space around it. The beginning of a great new hobby, creating miniature gardens around Bonsai trees.

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The Abandoned Power Plant

Azuma Makoto surprises us again with another great Bonsai display, this time inside an abandoned power plant. We talked to the artist about his latest work of art.

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Miniature version of Hue

The Vietnamese prove to be masters at creating miniature landscapes. Just two weeks ago we shared an article about a single landscape, this time we share an entire historic city center. Amazing work by a man named Nguyễn; he created a replica of the old city of Hue.

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Azalea Bonsai festival

The "Satsuki Azalea festival" is held every year in late may, when the trees are in full bloom. Now I always loved Azaleas, but when they flower they are without doubt stunning.

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Bonsai is fine art

Bonsai is an ancient art-form originating in China and Japan, dating back centuries, even millennia. Although Bonsai became incredibly popular in the West, it never reached the status as “fine art” like it does in countries like Japan. We’re very interested to hear what Ryan Neil has to say about this, as he is currently working on creating an event that might change our perception of Bonsai. Finally.

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